Y’all clearly I’m on a roll! I decided to finally start embracing quarentine/lockdown/social isolation and give this whole ‘homebody’ thing a chance. So far I’ve made whipped coffee, banana bread, pretty awesome chocolate chip cookies, and brewed my own cold brew. I’ve also read a few books and finally started binge watching ‘The Resident!’ AND I have also been making way more cards than I did before all this happened. Probably cause I have actually unpacked my crafting supplies, and has nothing to do with me being stuck at home as the 4 year old keeps me on my toes!
But one thing I have been struggling with is creative ‘mojo’, inspiration is hard to come by for me this days, so I decided it was time to start card challenges again! Here’s the first card I made for the Inky Paws Challenge by Newton’s Nook Designs, but I couldn’t stop at one given the floral theme! Y’all know I love florals! So here’s a second card inspired by the challenge, using a technique shared by Heather from House Built of Cards.
My color choice resulted in a brighter than I expected card, next time I want to try with more pastel colors. I won’t do into details of the technique, as you can watch this video. I’ll link all the products and colors I used at the end of the post, as usual!
I used a heat gun to speed up the drying, then I trimmed the card panel down and adhered it to a card base along with a strip of gold glitter paper to match the gold heat embossed sentiment on a scrap piece of black paper, that I added to the card with some foam tape to add a little dimension.
Thanks for stopping by! As mentioned before, here is a list of products that I used on this card!
Hi there! Do you make multiple cards using the same supplies? Since I don’t have all the time in the world to craft, I tend to get a little carried away using the same supplies as I love coloring on the go! I originally planned to make 5 cards with this Mother’s Day Stamp Set from Pretty Pink Posh, but got a little carried away and ended up with 7 cards!
I stamped the same image multiple times on heavy weight card stock as I wanted to try out all the water color mediums I have been hoarding (unfortunately I forgot which one is which!) I will list/link them all at the end of the post in case you are interested.
Told y’all I got a bit carried away, so this is going to be a LONG post, scroll through if you must, I myself have a very short concentration span these days!
For the first card, I created a background using the leaves stencil, along with distress oxide ink in shabby shutters and Fresh Ink in paper white. I started with ink blending the green on to a heavy weight card stock, then adhered the stencil using some washi tape and blending white pigment ink on to the green. After drying it with a heat gun, I finished off the card with a heat embossed sentiment, one of my vase images and some nuvo drops.
On the second card I created the background using distress oxide ink in shabby shatter, and then without removing the stencil I added a layer of Glitz Glitter Gel (in White). Remember to remove the stencil and clean it immediately! I’m not really sure what’s the minimum time for the gel to dry as I left it overnight, and assembled my card the next day. For this card I embossed the sentiment on vellum, and added a border using the scallop oval dies. I die cut multiples to add some dimension and finally added a colored vase image with foam tape to finish off the card.
For this card I dry embossed using the stencil. This is similar to embossing with an embossing folder on your die cutting machine, you just need to add a silicon embossing pad to your sandwich. I heat embossed the sentiment on to vellum for this card too and hiding the adhesive behind the colored image, which I added using some foam adhesive. For a final touch I added some ribbon, also from Pretty Pink Posh, from way back when! Who remembers when they carried ribbon?
Using the same stencil I created a basic background for this card using one color of distress oxide ink. I also ink blending the same color on some scrap card stock to die cut the sentiment from. I also die cut a few sentiments out of white to add some dimension. When putting the card together the background and sentiment looked too busy, so I added a little vellum to ‘dull’ the background. Finally added my colored image along with some nuvo drops.
For the last card using the vase image, I ink blended over the stencil using regular distress ink in shabby shutter this time. Before removing the stencil is used a wet paint brush to soften the color and add a little ‘watercolor’ look to the background. To finish the card I heat embossed the sentiment on to a banner tag die cut, added a strip of ribbon along with the colored image.
Anyone else love the ‘extra’ that come along with a stamp set? I tend to use them more for creating my own backgrounds, but this time I decided to put in the effort to color and cut them! For the first card I wanted to use the leftover ‘hugs’ sentiment that I created using the hugs shaker die along with some vellum that didn’t work with the vase image. I used the same stencil for a quick ink blended background, and created a partial wreath around the sentiment.
For the second card I ink blending the center of the card in a circular motion using distress oxide in worn lipstick and stamped the sentiment on to the card base directly. I added a border around the sentiment using the circle die cut from the beach scene die, cut multiple times for added dimension. Same as the previous card I added the floral images to create a half wreath and finished off with some jewels.
That’s it for today! If you follow along and made it all this way, thank you! I really appreciate it! And before I forget here is a list of supplies that I used :
When was the last time I blogged? When was the last time I took part in card challenge? Who remembers! It’s been that long! Well no time like the present for a comeback, as we all need an escape from reality. Between the floral theme for this challenge AND the fact that Newton’s Nook Design Inky Paws Challenge was one of the first challenges I did years ago.
I love background stamps, they are a delight to color, and stick a sentiment on it and you are good to go! For this card I used Blooming Botanicals stamp set, stamped it using black ink on heavy weight white cardstock. I colored the image using Chameleon Color Tone Colored Pencils. I love using these colored pencils as they are paired and blending is a breeze!
Once I was done coloring, I trimmed it down, added a sentiment, from the same set embossed in gold on black. Lastly adhered it on black card base and done! If you follow me on Instagram then you will know that the combination of gold and black is one of my favorites!
That’s all for today! All products I used are linked below.